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Union Gospel Mission braces for influx of shelter-seekers as temperatures drop – warm donations needed

Extreme Weather  
Union Gospel Mission, like many shelters in Vancouver, are bracing for a deep temperature drop over the weekend—a chill that many Vancouverites can already feel. With the probability of snow tonight, shelters are bracing for an extreme weather alert announcement from the City.

UGM’s Extreme Weather Response (EWR)
As temperatures drop, there is often an overflow of people into UGM’s 72-bed shelter—a space that has already doubled capacity from last year, with the move into UGM’s larger facility. In preparation for the overflow, UGM is prepared to open the Cornerstone—UGM’s drop-in facility—with 20 extra mats and blankets to serve as beds for influx of need.  Should the overflow occur, an extra on-call shelter worker will be brought in.

We need help keeping people warm
UGM is in desperate need of gently used or new items to keep people warm: gloves, scarves, toques, blankets and sockets. Monetary donations allow UGM to maximize its buying power for these items and to staff the shelter.

UGM is coordinating the creation and distribution of Emergency Weather Kits. Trasolini Chetner, a local Construction company, is donating funds and resources to assemble some of those kits which include a special water-proof emergency blanket, socks, Thinsulate gloves, a flashlight and hand-warmers. Further support is needed, however as UGM’s stocks are completely depleted.

Interviews
If you would like to speak with a UGM representative about our shelter, our kits, or how we are responding to the cold, we will be available over the weekend, and of course during the week.  

About UGM
Union Gospel Mission has been feeding hope and changing the lives of men, women, and children for over 70 years. Through its 9 locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM provides counseling, education, safe housing, and alcohol and drug recovery to those struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. The heart of the mission is to demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild the lives of the broken, and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside. To find out more, visit www.ugm.ca.

13/01/2012

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